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November, 2004:

It's Here!

Look what arrived out of the blue on Wednesday!

Sppackage

It’s the parcel from my Secret Pal! It was sent via Air Mail on October 22nd but took a lot longer than we expected. More on the wonderful contents tomorrow. Thanks Secret Pal!!!

Evil Tooth

I’m not a big fan of dentists and really hate having to see them. So you can imagine how I felt when I had tooth ache on Sunday. It was a dull ache in my jaw and lukewarm tea caused a sharp pain that radiated towards my right eye

I hoped that it would pass and, since the pain wasn’t constant, decided to try ignoring it. However, Monday came along and the pain returned. By this morning it was worse and I knew I had to make the call. So at 3.40pm I’m trying to stop thinking about Marathon Man as the dentist drills away. I now have a temporary filling with a clove oil dressing inside it. Apparently I’ll be tasting the clove oil for the next couple of days. Great…

I need root fillings which sound horrible as they’ll take about three visits. The dentist says "I assume that you want to save the tooth?" The tooth is probably 95% filling anyway and has been since I was 19. So I’m thinking of just having it removed since it’s a back molar. At the moment it’s still very painful so it looks as though I’ll have to go back tomorrow where they’ll either start doing the filling or remove the tooth depending on my decision.

Of course a trip to the dentist involves spending some time in a waiting room so I knit on the cuff on the  second fingerless glove. Unfortunately I can’t have been concentrating enough because I’d somehow managed to knit the purls and purl the knits on one row. It was two rows down so I had to get my crochet hook and do each stitch individually. I’m hoping to order more of the Soft and Shiny yarn, or Salsa as it’s now called. It’s so nice and knits up very well.

Jeni rang me earlier as she’d just received her copy of Stitch & Bitch Nation and we’re on page 422! (I must admit that I can’t actually remember which page she said we were on, but trust me, we are in it!) So if you buy the book you’ll find the little article about us that I wrote as well as a picture of Jeni, me and our friend Hannah that was taken by Andy in our kitchen.

It’s funny that Hannah ended up in the book as she’s now stopped coming to the S&B’s because "you do talk about wool a lot." She won’t mind me posting that because it’s true. We do talk about wool and yarn a lot at S&B! I’m really pleased at how the group has grown. Not everyone can make every meeting but it’s very cool to be able to sit with a group of knitting friends. Although we do get some strange looks sometimes from people. One guy pulled up a chair at the last meeting and asked if we found it "empowering" to knit together. I don’t think we do it for that reason. I think of it as being a bit like when musicians meet up to jam. It’s an exchange of ideas.

Secret Pal 3 – My wonderful Secret Pal sent me a parcel at the end of October which has never arrived. I often think about it and wonder where it is. Is it sat in a sorting office somewhere perhaps hidden away in a corner of a room feeling neglected. Or worse –  is some thief of a post-person enjoying it! Maybe it’s on that mysterious island with the bloke out of Party of Five, who knows. Now my SP3 could have just said "Well, sorry. It’s lost and that’s that" but she is very generously sending me a replacement parcel! Now she doesn’t have to do that, but because she’s a fabulous person, she is! Thank you again Secret Pal!

Long Weekend

I had a three day week last week which was very nice! I was on leave on Thursday and Friday so had a long weekend. Met up for Stitch & Bitch on Thursday evening which went great and then saw my friends Hannah and Karen on the Friday. We were due to go to Bristol on Sunday and do some shopping and meet up with Heather and Andrew but I didn’t feel very well so we’ve postponed that trip for a couple of weeks.

I didn’t do a great deal else over the weekend aside from watching tv and DVDs but I did get  the Smittens finished.

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Smitten2

I don’t know whether to block them or not . Since I’ll be wearing them on my hands I’m not sure if there’s much of a point.

I also started, and have almost finished, a fingerless glove from a ball of Soft and Shiny Mohair/Wool

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I just need to complete finishing on this one and have cast on for it’s mate.

Something else happened over the weekend. I had a surprise from my Secret Pal!

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Three balls of Plassard Papyrus in shade 11 which came to me via a certain rabbit!

I haven’t decided what I’m going to make from it yet. I’m thinking that it would suit some sort of wrap. Looks like it would have a good drape to it.

Technological Meltdown!

That’s what’s been happening in my house since before went on holiday! A couple of weeks before San Francisco one of our VCRs chewed up a tape and stopped working. Then I came home from SF to find that the DVD player had stopped recognising discs. Friday, the tube in our widescreen TV went. And I won’t even mention the problems I had in getting my PC to recognise the ipod. Well ok, I mentioned it a bit! 🙂

Anyway, you get the picture. Since then we’ve bought a new DVD player and returned the other one (still under its one year guarantee thankfully.) And the TV (under a five year guarantee) was fixed today. All of this just underlines how comfortable and low tech knitting can be. Yes, knitting can get complicated but it’s not going to suddenly stop working. Not unless I stop working! 🙂

On the knitting front I’ve been pressing ahead with the Smittens. I’ve finished the first one and am knitting the half mitten shell on the second. Unfortunately, I picked up the sticthes for the shell stitches a little higher on the second mitten. I was thinking of frogging the other one or repicking up stitches but let’s face it, these are mittens after all.

Stitch & Bitch Nation!

I had some brillant news today! A while ago I submitted a knitting tip to Debbie Stoller for inclusion in her new book, I just found out that it’s in the new Stitch & Bitch Nation book!!!!

I had also submitted a feature on the Cardiff Stitch & Bitch group but I don’t know if that’s also made it into the book. If anyone has seen it in the book please let me know!

What's this?

Cosy1


Why it’s an iPod cosy!


Cosy2


I love this little bat button


Cosybat


I got him and two of his brothers at The Knitting and Stitching Show last month.

The cosy is knit from some Brazilia Color in shade 105. I cast on 24 stitches as in the pattern. It was knit in the round on two needles. Then I cast off the stitches on one side and knit a flap. When it was time to create a button-hole I cast off four stitches in the middle of a row and then recast them on the next. After that I knit a few more rows before casting off the flap. All that was left then was to sew the bottom up.

I don’t think I like some of the changes that Typepad have introduced. It now seems really difficult to centre things.

Tired but Happy!

Tonight’s Stitch & Bitch was great! I met up with Elizabeth who was visiting from New Mexico, earlier in the day and we had a great time. She’d made contact with me via the Knitter’s Review Forums. You never know quite how these meetings with people you’ve met online are going to go, but we had a blast! We went to David Morgan and bought yarn – always a good idea! After that we caught a bus to Cardiff Bay, after searching for the stop for ages!, and had a look at the fibre art on display at Craft in the Bay. Then it was time to head back into town where we met up with Andy for dinner.

Later in the evening Andy and I picked Elizabeth up and took her to A Shot in the Dark for a Stitch and Bitch being held in her honour! It was a great night! One of the best S&B’s we’ve had. We also had a new knitter Stef from Germany who was making an incredible sweater from her own design. Carmen was there as well and had finished the scarf she was working on last week. Emma, Martha and of course Jeni were there too! Jeni even brought a camera along to document the event. Jeni also brought her beautiful Hello Yarn socks along!

All in all it was a really good evening!

Stitch & Bitch Tonight!

It’s a special S&B tonight because visiting knitter Elizabeth from the USA will be joining us!

Why not join us?! Full details on the Stitch & Bitch Cardiff page.

I’m just off to meet her. See you later!

S-Mitten

You may remember that I was knitting a glove. Well I’m not so good at knitting fingers – when you knit with two circulars you pull the second stitch on your needle tight to avoid ladders, however this also means that fingers in gloves are too tight. Yes I could have tried knitting them looser but instead I opted for a fingerless mitten. I then decided to pick up stitches on the back of the mitten and construct a mitten shell to pop over my fingers when I want to keep them warm.

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Pinkmit2

Today we went to Lampeter to work on an outside broadcast, this meant four hours of travelling time there and back which meant four hours of knitting time.

So I decided to cast on for the Very Harlot Poncho in my Art Fibers Amaretto

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Here’s a close-up of the texture.

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It’s not a great close-up but I think you get the idea. I started the second ball tonight.